Marvelous Mock-Ups Gift bags

 

Gift Bags are a necessity ALL year long.  Gifts NEED Gift bags, and Consumers love to give Gifts! Busy consumers love gift bags. Along with a Greeting Card, Gift Bags are an ESSENTIAL item in gift giving.  Many times, consumers purchase gift bags in collections of 2-4.  When gift giving more than one gift, consumers tend to purchase cohesive gift bags that coordinate with each other.  We created these Spring kitten and puppy Mock-up Gift Bags in coordinating groups to show off how beautiful, adorable, seasonal and versatile our pet images can be…  Below, we have featured Gift Bag Mock-ups for Fathers Day, Mothers Day, Spring, Florals, Birthday, All Occasion, and added a few adorable Bottle Bag mock-ups for Christmas time. We have pet images for every occasion all year long.

We love to see our images on Gift Bags- How can these adorable little faces NOT bring a smile? They are IRRESISTIBLE.  Speaking as a consumer, I would reach for a cute puppy or kitty photo gift bag instead of a colored design- EVERY single time. 

All of these images are available for license in Galleries. **The Christmas Gift bags below are “Bottle Bag” Mock-ups. 

Go to the IMAGE BANK to download this gallery as a Multipage PDF for submission

Mother’s Day Kitten and Flowers

Small Kitten Playing in Purple Flowers

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Happy Mothers Day

Orange Tabby Kitten playing in pink flowers

 

WE have been very busy celebrating SPRING here at Kelly Richardson Images. We have many new pet images available for license, including beautiful, adorable, breath taking rescue kittens and flowers as you can see the samples on this page.  Please go to the image bank where you will find a gallery with over 50 purr-fect pet images with flowers.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to sign up and get the password for the gallery please SIGN UP here!

Small black and white Kitten Playing in Purple Flowers inside a metal bucket

Kitten Puzzle Challenge

 

Kitten Puzzle Challenge can be found exclusively at Barnes & Nobles

Licensing NEWS this week:  I received my kitten puzzle samples today. I am sooo excited this will be my first kitten puzzle design published. It has been produced by Ravensburger, the best, most reputable puzzle company in the world, made exclusively for Barnes & Nobles “Challenge” series. I am ready to test out this kitten puzzle challenge! Here is a link for anyone interested in purchasing the puzzle from Barnes & Nobles. Are you up for the Challenge?

There are experts out there who “live” for puzzle challenges like this,  and- though I have spent many lazy summers at the beach doing puzzles in my down time I do not consider myself an expert. So, in thinking how to attempt this kitten puzzle challenge…. here are the steps I took.  Let’s see if I can complete the kitten puzzle challenge!

 

  1. Spread the Puzzle pieces out and turn each one over. Separate the ends out.

    My first step was to see how big the kitten puzzle is. It is 27″ x 20″ which is bigger than my smallest table, so I will use a table in the house that it will fit on before I start. (Sorry family, I am taking over the dining room table for a little while. LOL)

  2. Second step for me is to turn each puzzle piece over and separate the end pieces to make the puzzle outline first. Wow alot of pink! soooo hard….

  3. My third step – I spent some time putting the ends together. What a sense of accomplishment! And next the easiest part of the puzzle which is SOOOO important to me  that is connected to the kitten puzzle literally as well as physically: the heart combined with my name. This stands for all of abandoned, lost, and surrendered animals that need help, care, love, that are saved by animal rescue organizations and rehomed.
  4. Identifying the eyes, noses, whiskers and fur puzzle pieces.

    My fourth step:  My kids started becoming interested in the puzzle, we worked together at dinner time. They started pulling out the puzzle pieces that had kitty eyes, and tiny noses in another. They helped me put the eyes together (right). We completed all nine of the kittens heads. Just look at these beautiful little faces! Now… you will have to stay tuned to see the finished masterpiece in a future blog!

    Close-up – what a beautiful kitten!
    Nine kitten heads Peeking out

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The kittens photographed for this puzzle are from a litter of five that my family and I fostered. They were brought in just days old and bottle fed around the clock for the first two weeks with kitten milk replacement. We kept them in a box lined with newspapers and towels with a heating pad underneath half of the box. Feeding each one took approximately 15 minutes. They had to be burped and stimulated to use the potty! It would take over two hours and then they would be hungry again!! They grew up thinking we were their momma! At seven-ten days old, their eyes opened, and they started to do the monster walk! LOL  At approximately 3 weeks they learned how to begin eating kitten food and use the litter box. That was a very messy stage! We moved their bedding into the bath tub so they couldn’t climb out.  At 5-6 weeks old, they were ready to play!. We moved them into our kitty room and they loved it – playing with cat toys, running through cat tunnels, climbing up cat trees, chasing balls and tackling each other.  At 8 weeks old and over 2 pounds they were “vetted” : spayed/neutered, microchipped, tested for feline diseases, to ready for their adoption. All five were adopted within a week of their photos being uploaded to their kitten page on the rescue’s website. Their potential adopters were screened and they all went to their new homes – mission accomplished!

*****If you are wondering about the head piece for the photo shoot, here is a link to the blog post: Making Kitten Flowers Bloom

Pet Images Licensed by Legacy will help feed hungry children

We are proud to license our pet images to Legacy’s Buy a Card / Feed a Child greeting card program that helps feed hungry children all around the the world. I am thrilled to be associated with Legacy Publishing Group. Legacy is an amazing greeting card company with incredible integrity and family values. The “BUY A CARD | FEED A CHILD™” greeting card line helps feed hungry children and families in the United States and around the world. Legacy donates a portion of the profits from each card to different hunger relief organizations each month.  I am happy to share my studio pet images with Legacy and hope that our adorable rescue pet images will help sell more cards to feed children all around the world.

Please go to the LEGACY website where you can read up to date information quarterly and see the organizations they support and the equivalent number of meals they have provided. They are truly AMAZING! Buy a few cards while you’re there and show your support!

We are proud to license our studio pet images to Legacy. They have a Buy a Card / Feed a Child greeting card program that helps feed hungry children all around the the world.

One Photo Saves 2016 Helping Rescue Animals get Adopted

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The data is in: Kelly’s Program, One Photo Saves, photographed over 300 cats and kittens in 2016 to help them get adopted. Kelly works with local, non-profit, no-kill private animal rescue organizations in Orlando Florida that do not have a shelter. These rescues rely on volunteers to foster the kittens and cats in their homes. The fosters take the foster kittens/cats to pets stores where they jhold adoption events on weekends with the hopes of getting the animals adopted. Kelly volunteers at least two saturdays a month to go on location to the adoption events to photograph the cats and kittens. Each cat/kitten has their own web page with photos and a description. Kelly’s professional photos have helped hundreds of foster animals get adopted by online shoppers looking for a pet. It has been a very successful year helping the rescue animals get adopted!

Here is a list of over 300 names of the cats and kittens that Kelly/One Photo Saves Program photographed at Petsmart and other pet rescue centers this year 2016. To give you an idea of the work involved, Kelly volunteers several hours Saturday photographing each pet at the adoption events, then many more hours in Photoshop editing, cropping, saving, labeling and uploading at least 2 complimentary images of each of the following pets to the rescues and/or directly to their webpages, at no charge whatsoever to the rescues.

Ashton, Aza, Bandit, Benzie and Shenzie, Ginny, Chewy, Truffle, Bru, Angelica, Grey, Vader, mach, Barracuda, Skye, Bandit, Cassie, Fudge, Knox, Marianne, Marlie, Misty, Pepper, Peridot, Pepper, Sophie, Toby, Trooper, Cooper, Frank, Gracie, Smokey, Juno, Gizmo, Vixen, Prancer, Winston, Jana, Jules, Kovu, Midnight, Olive, pepper, Oliver, Patch, Twitch, Keller, Paulsey, Duncan, Candy, Carson, Daisy, Hiro, marlo, Smokey, Winston, Winter, Bette, Elenor, Gizmo, Juno, Basil, Davina, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Whitestripe, Audrey, Bobby, Earl, Elizabeth, Jenny, Jackie, Juda, Lance, Liz, Lucky, Miko, Nala, Sanford, Shadow, Snoopy, Thomas, Alex, Andres, Art, Bertha, Fiona, Lucy, Mickey, Mr. Ollie, Rose, Tando,Teddy, Tom, Zena, Aidan, Alvin, Frosite, Ginger, Minnie Mo, Willow, Nutmeg, Paint, Pepper, Socks, Pepper, Stach, Star, Bertha, Figaro, Jade, Pinkie, Skye, Sinatra, Simba, Sweetie, Tinker, Zach, Muffin, Tigger, Abby, Blue, Cassie, Cheddar, Chloe, Cupcake, Gipper, Lena, Leopold, McGhee, Mittens, Nora, Penelope, Zipper, Malt, Boop, Chloe, Dominoe, Gipper, Jellicat, June, Monroe, Oreo, Robin, Salem, Tabitha, Thor, Thunder, Tiffy, Tripp, Spookie, Boop, Robin, Merry, Pebbles, Pippen, George, Articus, Aidan, Trinity, Torrie, Dipstick, Rudy, Kirk, Uhura, Sunchaser, Captain, Danny, Opal, Daffy, Kaa, Cinder, Ember, Trooper, Billie, Celeste, Cotton, Gibbie, GooGoo, Gypsy, Kirk, McCoy, Millie, Scotttie, Tiffy, Teddy, Cutie, Gibbie, Gidget, Gypsy, Huxley, Lavender, Leonarda, Rose, Sunchaser, Cheddar, Danny, Faith, Noir, Noisy, Chevy, Cheddar, Cheeto, Billy, Milly, Aurora, Balloo, Dori, Heidi, Kingsley, Opal, Panther, Charlotte, Chiller, Cinder, Ember, Jeeli, Josie, Juda, Piper, Moses, Tiffy, Truffle, Dema, Detya, Celmentine, Adrian, Kit, Aspen, Red, Cassidy, Joey, Noir, Bossy, Calvin, Garfield, Oliver, Royal, Chase, Winston, eo, Miney, Fennel, Karaoke, Kabuki, Chaos, Mistletoes, Oreo, Boris, Eden, Bart, Ashton, Calum, Cady, Cookie, Cameron, Jupiter, Mars, Bo, Buffy, Peaches, Bree, Bailey, Maverick, Molly, Lars, Loralei, Grayson, Bishop, Blake, Butter, Almond, Boone, Apple, Tetra, Tonks, Milowe, Brody, Bryce, Bowie, Kelso, Koda, Krissy,Abby Hemingway, Albie, Alfie, Andi, Anna, Baxter, Becca, Berkley, Bette, Bowie, Bryce, Britta, Callie, Cammie, CeCe, Chance, Cheyenne, Cienna, Kelso, Kodak, Lanie, Minnie, Meadow, Molly,Felix, Oscar, Ziggy, Zoey, Peaches.

To learn more about Kelly’s One Photo Saves Program for rescue animals, check out Kelly’s website for more information: www.kellyrichardsonimages.com. If you have any questions about how to help the rescues in your community and photograph pets, please contact kelly. She is always happy to help give advice to fellow volunteers.

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How to Make Bokeh in Photoshop

li_2286backgroundHow to Make Bokeh in Photoshop using CS6

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Making background BOKEH in Photoshop CS6 Tutorial from Kelly Richardson www.kellyrichardsonimages.com

treepatternTREE BACKGROUND If you have a large tree available you can skip this step. Just take a photo of the center of it. If all you can find is a small little tree follow these steps to fill the page with the tree branches.

  • STEP 1: Take a photo of tree on white background. isolate the image using the refine edge tool. Save as a PSD file.
  • STEP 2: Create a new document: File>new white background, as large as you want it.
  • STEP 3: Drag the isolated tree psd file to your new document
  • STEP 4: Make duplicate layers of the tree by clicking on the tree layer and then ctrl-j. Randomly move the tree layers to fill up page. Save as PSD file.
  • STEP 5: Flatten image go to layer>flatten image.

 

blurscreenshotFIELD BLUR

  • Use the flattened tree image. Go to filter>Blur>Field Blur. **note: if image is not flattened, you will not be able to use the field blur tool.
  • Check the field blur box, blur to your liking. I blurred mine to approx 140 px.
  • Check the bokeh box, settings: light bokeh: 50%, color bokeh 50% light range between 160 and 255. Adjust to your liking.
  • Click ok when done.

img_backgroundlightssatPhoto to left is a section of the tree bokeh paper that was made. I changed the colors by using the Image>new adjustment layer>saturation, and also image>new adjustment layer> color balance. Play with the sliders until you see a color you like that will match the subject you are going to place in front of it. Now you are ready to use your background and get creative!

DOWNLOAD THIS TUTORIAL as PDF HERE

 

 

Christmas Greeting Card

Natural Bokeh in a Photo

_ri_5239Bokeh in a photograph is determined by the lens and aperature settings used to create the photograph.  To achieve bokeh, you need a fast lens with at least an aperature of f2.8, f2, f1.8, f1.2.  Prime lenses work great for bokeh. Shoot in Manual or Aperature Priority, wide open – meaning at your largest f stop (which is the smallest number)

If you do not have a lens with a large aperature as described above, you can also achieve bokeh by increasing the distance between the background and your subject, and increase the distance between your subject and the camera. To achieve highlights hitting the background, shoot with backlighting, or sidelighting.

Bokeh – Wikipedia In photography, bokeh (originally /ˈboʊkɛ/, /ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay — also sometimes pronounced as /ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.

 

 

 

 

The Power of an Isolated Image – Christmas Design 4926

What a capture! It can't get much cuter than that! isolated image petstockimages_img_4926
What a capture! It can’t get much cuter than that! isolated image petstockimages_img_4926

The Power of an Isolated Image – Christmas Design  PetstockImages_IMG_4926 tiny chihuahua peeking out of red gift, isolated image – a designer’s dream – how to make this card.

This adorable isolated image of a chihuahua puppy peeking out of a red gift box can certainly stand alone on a white background to get attention and a big SMILE.

Isolated images never cease to lose their popularity in the consumer market. There is a great demand in the consumer marketplace for this simple, high key look. Many consumers like a “clean”, uncluttered look. The idea of simplification appeals to many who live a busy lifestyle.

Isolated Images are LOVED by Designers, Advertisers and Publishers TOO. There are many advantages of an isolated image for their purposes. There is no competing for space for copy in the image,  additional background images and any color can be easily added to suit product needs. Any text, any objects, any color, and any pattern, all can be popped right in the background if the image has been isolated properly, with little or no work.  This makes for a very attractive purchase with an image that has so much versatility.

petstockimages_img_4926 What a CAPTURE! It can’t get much cuter than that!

This one image can be used for a variety of purposes: Birthday, Christmas,  Valentine’s Day and more. Click to buy the image.

Isolated images have endless possibilities – if you can imagine it, you can create it!

Stay Tuned for a free Photoshop Tutorial with step by step directions to make background bokeh.

Christmas Greeting Card 4926: Make this card: Photograph your Christmas Tree, then use Photoshop to run blur filter to make bokeh background.
Christmas Greeting Card with isolated image 4926: Make this card: Photograph your Christmas Tree, then use Photoshop to run blur filter to make bokeh background.

Holiday Card Collage with just one image

cardgnomegtgcardkatiesampleIt’s that time of year! Many families are getting family portraits done for their yearly Holiday Cards.  If they are like me, they love that creative collage look that you see for custom greeting cards, but also like the simplicity of using just one photo. Here is something unique and special you can create if you just have one favorite image for your Holiday Card.  A Holiday Card Collage. Gotta LOVE the WOW factor of this creative “collage” look.   Most greeting cards with a collage design require several images. Here is how to create your masterpiece Holiday Card Collage look with just ONE image.

Click to download tutorial Greeting Card Collage Tutorial pdf

Photoshop tutorial:   Create a holiday collage greeting card with only one image
We will use the NEW Photoshop’s Guide Layout to help divide the image into smaller sections. You must have Photoshop CC to use this method.
The image I chose to use for my sample below is a sweet little rescued foster kitten named Denver, a litter of 5.

 

Step 1: Create a new document go to File>New  I used greeting card specs. For my Purposes, I set width to 1575 px, height 2175 px, resolution 300, white background. If you use a different size document, make sure you compensate for it in your gutters, margins and drop shadows, by adjusting their size accordingly.

Step 2: Add a new layer and name it Shapes

Step 3: Make a 3 x 3 grid with gutter, and margin around edges:
  • go to View>new guide layout
  • set column number to 3 leave the width field empty, set gutter to 30 px
  • click rows, set number to 5, leave height empty, set gutter to 30 px
  • make sure preview box Is selected.
  • Add margins around edges of document: click in the margin checkbox, then set each of the four options top, left, bottom and right to 100 px.
  • Click ok
Step 4: Draw the shapes: select the rectangular marquee tool from the tools panel to draw in shapes. Drag selections around different squares in the 3 x 3 grid begin at one corner and drag to make rectangle. To add press and hold shift key to add next rectangle to it. Continue adding each shape so that all rectangles and center square are selected as one.
Step 5: Fill in the selection with black go to Edit>Fill set contents to black, normal and opacity to 100% click ok.
Step 6: remove the selection and the guides to remove go to Select>deselect. Go to view>clear guides
Step 7: Add a drop shadow to the Shapes Layer. Select shapes layer, click on layer styles, choose drop shadow, settings: blend mode: multiply, opacity 40, angle: 135, use global light, distance 50, spread 0 ,size 50. click ok
Step 8: Open the image you want to use in Photoshop.
Go to select>all... go to edit>copy
Step 9: Paste image into shape collage: Switch over to the shape collage document by clicking on its tab.Go to Edit>paste special>paste in place
Photoshop pastes and centers the photo in the document. You will see it as a new layer above the shpaes layer.
Step 10: create a clipping mask. Select the small menu icon in the upper right corner of the layers panel. Choose create clipping mask. This clips the layer directly in the layer below it.
Step 11:use free transform to resize and reposition image. make sure image layer is selected, Go to edit>free transform pres and hold shift as you drag a corner to lock the aspect ratio. Press enter when done.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
Show your support and help your local animal rescue.

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